FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - A celebration of Hopi and other native cultures will bring together social dances, music, traditional and contemporary art, demonstrators and Hopi food Sept. 27-28 in downtown Flagstaff.
The fifth annual Hopi All Native Arts and Culture Festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Heritage Square in downtown Flagstaff. The festival is held in the shadow of the Hopi Building, a property owned by the Hopi Tribe Economic Development Corporation, a non-profit corporation, which also sponsors the event. PEPSI is the host sponsor for the event.
This year's festival donations will go toward domestic violence in Flagstaff and in Hopi to assist with a safe and better way of life for those in need. Event coordinator Lisa Talayumptewa said her organization is working with Hope Cottage, Northland Family Help Center and Hopi domestic violence. Last year the corporation raised $10,000 dollars for child protective services in Flagstaff and on Hopi.
"We are focused on elderly and children, which is why last year we chose child protective services, but domestic violence covers everybody," Talayumptewa said. "Whether you be a man, a woman, elderly or a child. With the way the world is changing we need to come together to make it right."
With more than 70 artists, demonstrators and lecturers, Talayumptewa said all vender spaces sold out last week.
Notable names at the event will include potters, carvers, weavers, and painters like Ramon Dalangyawma (silver-overlay), Honyouti carvings, Kevin Quannie (carver, painter), Anthony Honahnie (painter), Ruby Chimerica and Annetta L. Koruh (wicker plaques).
Baje Whitehorn Sr., Duane Maktima, Ray D. Garcia, Andrew Harvier Red and Ernest and Veronica Benally will all also be at the event.
The Acoma Pueblo Rainbow Dance, Ed Kabotie (flutist), Hooyapi's Hop Comanche Dance, Hakku' Buffalo Kuwanoya Group eagle dance, Kwung'toi' hooyum Warrior dance and Derrick Suwaima Davis (seven time world champion hoop dancer) will perform along with Ryan Poliquaptewa, award winning recording artist and Culture Shock Original band (the Council, Riah and Reign).
This year the festival includes a judged art show, which will take place at the Museum of Northern Arizona on Friday, Sept. 26. Artists will drop off work from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the museum and the work will be judged from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The artwork will be available for the public to view from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the museum.
The Flagstaff City Council approved a street closure of Aspen Avenue between San Francisco and Leroux streets for the event this year.
Talayumptewa said this year's festival is better than prior years with the addition of demonstrators and Hopi lecturers in local businesses downtown. Some of those businesses include: Armadilao Wax Work, Shane Knight Gallery, Winter Sun Trading Company, Charly's Maloney's and Monsoons.
"Three of those will host Hopi lecturers at 10:30 a.m. and 3: 30 p.m both days," Talayumptewa said.
Shane Knight, Armadilao Wax Work and Winter Sun will host artists in their spaces during the festival.
Talayumptewa said the event helps to educate the public about Native art and culture in ways many have not seen before.
"It's the artists showing their life through their art," Talayumpewa said. "It is a family event and it is a lot of fun."
Saturday morning Talayumptewa expects someone from the mayor's office to open the festival along with the vice mayor Coral Evans, the vice chairman of the Hopi tribe, Alfred Lomahquahu, Jr., the board president of the HTEDC, and the first attendant to Miss Hopi, whose platform is domestic violence.
On Oct. 1 a silent auction will take place. Each artist will donate an item to be auctioned off. Those proceeds will go toward the festival's charity, domestic violence.
More information about volunteering to help out with the event or to give donations is available by contacting Talayumptewa at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (928) 522-8675. More information about the event is available at www.hopiallnativefestival.com.